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Top 15 Best Game Anime Of All Time (Binge-Watch List 2023)

Games are usually thought of as a way to while away time. But only true gamers know how many layers gaming has. Whether it is the thrilling rush that you feel after finally completing an impossible level in Elden Ring or after completing a speedrun in Super Mario Odyssey, there is never a dull moment in the exciting world of gaming.

Game Anime often take things one step further. The one thing we all adore about this beloved industry is the range of genres it offers. There are relaxing game series which depict the everyday board game battles in schools.

And then there are high-stakes battle royales where one loss means death. There is something for everyone and every mood.

Today, we will be going through a list of the Top 15 Best Game Anime Of All Time. As mentioned, we will include every kind of series, from blood-curdling, horror, and play-or-die stories to laid-back, slice-of-life ones.

Hopefully, you will find something new to add to your already-way-too-long watch list (this time with the intention to actually watch it).

Top 15 Best Game Anime Of All Time

15. D-Frag!


Anime NameD-Frag!
MAL Rating7.51
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Comedy, School, Strategy Game
StudioBrain’s Base
SeasonWinter 2014

Starting off with one of the weird ones, D-Frag! is a comedy, slice-of-life series about students playing games. The series brings forward the beloved school club troupe and insert a heavy shot of quirkiness into it.

Reminiscent of series like Seitokai Yakuindomo and Haruhi Suzumiya, D-Frag! features a wide cast of eccentric characters who will make you laugh hard and keep you interested.

The story begins with a boy named Kenji Kazama who, with his friends, wants to make a name for themselves as delinquents at Fujou Academy.

At the start of the term, they end up somehow putting out a fire in the Game Development Club room. Unlucky for them, the club is run by a group of weird girls who rope Kenji into joining their club. Shenanigans ensues.

14. New Game

New Game

Anime NameNew Game
MAL Rating7.57
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Comedy, Video Game
StudioDoga Kobo
SeasonSummer 2016

New Game shows a glimpse of life on the other side of the industry. Suzukaze Aoba gets a one-in-lifetime chance to join the maker of her favorite childhood video game series, Fairies Story.

Aoba is thrilled but nervous to take her first step in this whole new world. All her nervousness disappears, however, when she realizes what a character each of her coworkers is!

New Game! is a fun, laid-back series that shows a glimpse into the highs and lows of the industry, which creates our beloved games, and is a good watch if you want to watch something quick and light.

13. Deadmen Wonderland

Deadmen Wonderland

Anime NameDeadmen Wonderland
MAL Rating7.15
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Action, High Stakes Games, PvP
SeasonSpring 2011

Now delving into the horrors of this genre, we have Deadmen Wonderland on the list. Ganta Igarashi witnesses the slaughter of his entire class by a mysterious “Red Man.”

He barely has time to process everything before he finds himself being dragged to the deadly amusement park-themed prison, Deadmen Wonderland, after being framed for the crime.

Will he be able to survive all the death traps disguised as games in this prison where everyone is foe? And who is his mysterious childhood friend named Shiro?

Deadmen Wonderland is definitely not for the weak of heart but is genuinely fun and thrilling watch. Although the anime couldn’t deliver on the ending, the manga is completed and is a good read for those who may feel wanting more after the anime.

12. Darwin’s Game

Darwin's Game

Anime NameDarwin’s Game
MAL Rating7.23
Number of Episodes11
Genre(s)Action, High Stakes Games, PvP
SeasonWinter 2020

This anime is the perfect example of why you shouldn’t be opening weird emails. Kaname Sudo receives an invitation email to try out a new mobile app game called “Darwin’s Game.”

He soon finds that he may have gotten way more than he bargained for as he is plunged into a deathly game of survival.

This series is perfect to binge-watch if you want to satisfy your thriller cravings. The play-or-die genre is always a treat to watch, and Darwin’s Game will not disappoint either.

11. No Game No Life

No Game No Life

Anime NameNo Game No Life
MAL Rating8.08
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Adventure, Fantasy, High Stakes Games
SeasonSpring 2014

No Game No Life is well-known in the anime world. The series made waves when it was first released and has been liked by many. The color palette of the series is one of the most striking, and the animation is well-done. The series is faithful to its source, and fans are still waiting for a new season of the anime to this day.

Sora and Shiro are siblings. They are also undefeated gamers who play under the legendary username “Blank.” In fact, they are so good that they draw the attention of a god who transports them into his world.

This is a rather cruel world where games mean everything, from status to living. But for this masterful duo, no challenge is too high when it comes to games!

10. Yu☆Gi☆Oh! Duel Monsters

Yu☆Gi☆Oh! Duel Monsters

Anime NameYu☆Gi☆Oh! Duel Monsters
MAL Rating7.48
Number of Episodes224
Genre(s)Shounen, Card Battles, High Stakes Games
SeasonSpring 2000

It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t know Yu-Gi-Oh. The series is so famous that even people who don’t watch anime regularly know about it. The franchise has many seasons, but Duel Monsters is undoubtedly one of the most popular.

Yugi has now learned Dual Monsters and is more confident in his abilities. After defeating the world’s ranked two, Kaiba Seto, he has attracted the attention of Pegasus, the game’s creator.

Sadly, after being challenged in an alternate reality where the card monsters can come to life, he loses, and as a result, his grandfather’s soul is taken. Yugi now has to go against some of the best duelists and find the secrets of the Millenium Puzzle.

9. Kaiji 


Anime NameKaiji
MAL Rating8.27
Number of Episodes76 (2 seasons, 1 spin-off)
Genre(s)Seinen, High Stakes Games, Psychological

Kaiji Ito has racked up some serious debt due to his gambling addiction. An opportunity shines on him when he is invited to a ship called Espoir with a chance to win more riches than he can imagine.

But this is a place that is more deadly than anything he has ever witnessed, with every person wanting to destroy him even more. Can Kaiji survive this situation and outwit everyone to win?

Kaiji provides a thrill unlike any other. Every game, every decision, and every move has dire consequences. The series has a way of making the viewers just as anxious as Kaiji, and every interaction leaves you rooting for him.

8. Chihayafuru


Anime NameChihayafuru
MAL Rating8.18
Number of Episodes75 (3 seasons, 1 OVA Episode)
Genre(s)Josei, Drama, Strategy Game

Taking a break from the dark series for a second, we have Chihayafuru next on the list. Chihaya Arase fell in love with a card game called Karuta with her friend Taichi and a lonely boy named Arata in elementary school.

The trio went their separate way after graduating. Now, she is trying her best to create a Karuta club in her school to share her passion with others.

But an unexpected encounter with her old friend leaves her wondering if she is the only one who wants to fulfill their childhood promise.

Chihayafuru is unconventional, It shows the beauty of Japanese culture and the lesser-known Japanese game. MADHOUSE did a good job with the adaptation, as always. This underrated series deserves to be on your watch list if you haven’t watched it already.

7. Btoom!


Anime NameBtoom!
MAL Rating7.29
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Seinen, HighStakes Games, PvP
SeasonFall 2012

Btoom! shows a terrifying reality that proves that we love our online battle royale games, but they are only good if they are behind the screens. 22-year-old Ryouta is Japan’s top player in the wildly popular online game “Btoom!.”

He may be unemployed, good-for-nothing, but his gaming skills are unmistakable. But what happens when he, with many others, is dropped on a tropical island and forced to play the game in real life? Will his gaming skills truly help him survive and make it to the end?

The game concepts around the series are well-made, and the dark, gritty undertones make the series a thrilling watch. Watch out for the warning tags, however, as this series is not for the faint of heart.

6. Bokurano


Anime NameBokurano
MAL Rating7.61
Number of Episodes24
Genre(s)Seinen, High Stakes Games, Mecha
SeasonSpring 2007

What happens when a few innocent children are given the reigns to save the world? Sounds Familiar?

Bokurano, in the same vein as Neon Genesis Evangelion, explores this theme without all the grandiose and cheerful, brimming energy of shounen protagonists. The series takes a more realistic look at the horrors that children who are forced to be the “heroes” face. It is dark, melancholic, and horrifying. It will make you cry more than it will make you thrilled. But at the same time, you will be feeling all the emotions that the characters feel and going on a journey that you will never forget.

5. Tomodachi Game

Tomodachi Game

Anime NameTomodachi Game
MAL Rating7.71
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Shounen, Thriller, High Stakes Games
StudioOkuruto Noboru
SeasonSpring 2022

High school student, Katagiri Yuichi, loves his close group of friends. Things might not be easy for him without his parents, but he finds joy in his friendships. Their peaceful life is interrupted when they are pulled into the “Tomodachi Game.” The only thing required to win is trust among friends, which should be easy for them. But suspicion leads to psychological warfare. Will Yuichi be able to maintain his friendships? And who even is he? Why is so good at mind games?

Tomodachi Game is a rather recent addition to the anime world. The series is captivating and leaves you wanting more after each episode. Yuichi is an amazingly cryptic character and makes the series more enjoyable.

4. Danganronpa


Anime NameDanganronpa
MAL Rating7.21
Number of Episodes38 (3 seasons-arcs, 2 OVAs)
Genre(s)Mystery, Psychological, High Stakes Games

Danganronpa barely needs any introduction. The original visual novel has been adapted into multiple mediums, and it is a widely successful franchise.

Hope’s Peak Academy is home to the best and brightest minds in the world. However, Makoto Naegi gets selected simply due to his luck. Things quickly go haywire when they wake up in a locked school. The students find themselves at the mercy of a whimsical but deadly bear named Monokuma, who tells them that the only way to graduate is to kill a student and fool everyone in a trial.

3. Kakegurui


Anime NameKakegurui
MAL Rating7.24
Number of Episodes30 (3 seasons)
Genre(s)Shounen, Gambling, High Stakes Games

Next is our token gambling anime. Hyakkou Private Academy is one of the most prestigious academies on the outside. However, when you are the children of the richest in the world, you need more than just sports and academics. The one who knows how to read their opponent wins, and for this, the entire academy runs on gambling.

Yumeko Jabami enrolls in the academy, and everyone takes her to be naive and innocent. But, she soon shows everyone what a REAL gambler looks like.

Kakegurui is an addicting watch. You cannot help but be sucked in all the crazy ways that Yumeko outwits her opponents. If you don’t believe us, go ahead and give it a try!

2. March Comes in like a Lion

March Comes in like a Lion

Anime NameMarch Comes in like a Lion
MAL Rating8.38
Number of Episodes44 (2 seasons)
Genre(s)Seinen, Drama, Strategy Game

Rei Kiriyama is a shogi prodigy who suffers from loneliness and anxiety. After his parent’s death, tired of his adopted family’s attitude, he moved into a rented apartment. He meets the Kawamoto family, who turns out to be his savior from his loneliness.

March Comes in like a Lion shows a beautiful journey of healing and acceptance. It is almost melancholic to see Rei’s journey, and you cannot help but wish the best for him. The animation style of the anime is extremely beautiful and accentuates the emotions felt but the characters.

1. Death Parade

Death Parade

Anime NameDeath Parade
MAL Rating8.15
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Psychological, Thriller, High Stakes Games
SeasonWinter 2015

In the first, we have one of the testaments to MADHOUSE‘s ability as an anime studio. Death Parade is an original anime and, most certainly, the best of the bests. The series has one of the most unique concepts and delivers on every part, from character design to the soundtrack, to the story arcs.

Arbiters deliver judgment on people after their death by forcing them to play simple games with sadistic twists. Decim has always been confident in his ability to judge, but when a young woman with an unknown fate meets starts working with him, it shakes the very core of his morals.

If you haven’t watched it already, we highly recommend Death Parade. No words are enough to really describe the magnificence of the series, and it deserves to be watched and experienced instead.

With this, we have now reached the end of our list of Top 15 Best Game Anime Of All Time. Thank you for reading!

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